The Horse Habit
For exhibitor Jane Bagley, American Quarter Horses are life’s calling.
By AQHA Media Intern Alexis Shanes | June 7, 2017
The American Quarter Horse Journal
Jane Bagley is no stranger to the saddle.
The 2017 Merial AQHA Region Eight Championships exhibitor from Dimmit, Texas, was bit by the horse bug at an early age, but she never outgrew the fabled “horse phase.”
“I was one of those horse-crazy kids,” Jane says. “I rode any chance I got, cleaned stalls, did anything I could to be around horses.”
Jane’s passion for horses led her to Texas A&M University, where she majored in animal science with an equine emphasis and competed as a member of the school’s horse judging team. She later earned master’s and doctorate degrees in equine production.
Jane taught at Missouri State University for 13 years and Texas Tech University for two years. Today, she and her husband, Scott, run a preconditioning cattle feedyard and yearling cattle operation.
In addition to the cattle business, the Bagleys are also AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders. They stand two stallions, Taris Judge and Peptorey, and breed outside horses, as well as their own remuda of 10 to 12 mares.
“We use our horses that we show, use them every day in our cattle operation,” Jane says. “They all work.”
Early in her showing career, Jane rode in all-around events, but she later fell in love with reining. She also competes in working cow horse, ranch riding and Versatility Ranch Horse classes.
One of Jane and Scott’s mounts at the Merial Region Eight is homebred Pines Indictment, a 2012 palomino mare by Taris Judge and out of Pines Pocita by Spirit of Pine.
“I showed her mother, I bred her mother, and her mother was my very first National Reining Horse Association Futurity horse,” Jane says of Pines Indictment. “She’s always been a little hotter tempered and a little quick and a little busy, so we’ve kept her and tried to ride her slow and bring her along slowly. She tries really hard, even though sometimes she’s really busy with her mind.”
Jane and Scott are also showing Legal Cut, a 2013 bay mare by Spooks Bluestem and out of Baywatch Jury by Taris Judge.
“They both, at some part of their pedigree, have our stallion, Taris Judge, in them,” Jane says. “We try to use some legal names to keep the ‘judge’ in our pedigree.”
Jane was aboard Pines Indictment when she was randomly chosen as the winner of the show’s first Dr. Pepper Time award – show management presents a case of Dr. Pepper and a a local restaurant gift card to a random exhibitor at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day of the Merial Region Eight.
Jane and Scott’s son, Tell, is also competing at the show in reining, ranch riding and working cow horse boxing. His mount is Justa Smart Remedy, a 2007 bay mare by Very Smart Remedy and out of Justa Hot Chic by Just Plain Colonel.
“It’s close, for us, for a horse show – we live about 70 miles southwest of Amarillo, so we have a drive to go to any kind of horse show,” Jane says of her family’s reason for attending the Merial Region Eight. “The facility here is just so awesome, to be able to ride in this arena. It’s just a great venue to get all your events shown in.”